If you are looking for a romance novel to make you feel all the feels then pick up Josie Silver’s The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. It really will make you believe in life after love—especially if you are dealing with grief similar to that of the main character.
Just don’t think this is some lighthearted story of boy meets girl, they fall in love, there is some heartbreak, but love trumps all. This is a darker story than that, leaving the main character Lydia Bird flying solo after the loss of her fiancé Freddie.
Like a bird with clipped wings, Lydia can’t carry on let alone sleep in the bed the two shared, bringing the reader into her head and her broken heart.
With that said, it’s not ‘I can’t stop crying as I turn each page’ like PS I Love You. In fact, I didn’t cry until the end. It’s not a deeply depressing tale, more a story of celebrating the love we are lucky to have—even if it’s only for a moment in time.
A Love Story With Loveable Characters
You will fall in love with Freddie. Or I should say you fall in love with Freddie, and Lydia and Freddie, the way Freddie loves Lydia and too have to mourn this loss.
As a reader, I became attached to these characters. I found myself looking forward to getting lost in Lydia Bird’s worlds just as Lydia would with every pink pill.
Written with Josie Silver’s trademark warmth and wit, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful and thrilling love story about the what-ifs that arise at life’s crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given a miraculous chance to answer them.
Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade and Lydia thought their love was indestructible. But she was wrong. On Lydia’s twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.
So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants is to hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life—and perhaps even love—again.
But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.
Lydia is pulled again and again through the doorway to her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.
A Tale Of Hope After Loss
While the reader wishes Lydia and Freddie can live on happy in love, you know from the beginning that this just isn’t the case. You can’t bring him back. But it’s fulfilling to see Lydia evolve through the book and you cheer for her as she deals with her grief. Her loss will make you want to hit your significant other just that much more tightly at night.
And that if we really had a chance to live in a world where our loved one was still alive, those memories could then take away from the real ones that we cherish close to our hearts.
For a reader that typically picks up thrills, I devoured The Two Loves of Lydia Bird, swallowing chapters at a time. There was a little bit of predictability, and the ending was tied together in a hopeful and sweet bow. But (as you will find out), that’s the way Lydia wants the story written. And it is a satisfying ending for the reader.
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